As the years have led to urban expansion, only one Los Angeles winery has stood the test of time. The San Antonio Winery and Restaurant in Lincoln Heights is so beloved as a local drinking institution, it was given cultural monument status in 1966. Since then, the hidden-away winery, down a few side streets in an industrial part of the downtown area, has been quietly serving up glasses of fine wine from their Italian-style villa. Terracotta roofs and tall greenery line the exterior of this operational winery, which has been bottling since 1917. Free wine tastings and tours are available daily, and the attached Maddalena restaurant serves homey Italian food.
Intent on contributing to the rise of an Old World-style wine country in Temecula Valley, Rev Winery harvests grapes from more than 30 acres of vineyards to create organic, palate-friendly wines. These grapes include traditional European vinifera varietals, producing everything from syrah and merlot to cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese, but the winery embraces modern, New World-driven advancements in winemaking techniques and technologies. Rev Winery also features a robust zinfandel made from 43-year-old vines, which are easily identifiable thanks to their Nixon-Agnew presidential campaign stickers.
Phlight's servers pilot plates of traditional Spanish mini meals, bottles of boutique wines, and glasses of international beers between high-rise tables under a roof anchored by rustic wooden rafters. Splash in the savory waters of seafood selections, including tiger shrimp ($14), stuffed squid ($6), and roasted John Dory ($12), whose eye spot observes diners to see if they know the difference between a salad fork and a tuning fork. Poultry dishes abound, wrapping succulent duck meat into soft tacos ($7) and igniting chicken wings with adobo spice ($8), and short ribs mind their beefy business under a sweet sprinkling of brown sugar and ginger ($18). Herbivorous hankerings plant themselves on crispy lentils ($6) or sautéed bok choy ($4), and asparagus ($8), cuddling under the calescent cover of serrano peppers to subvert chilly glares from the ice water.
Bellflower's Thai Orchid Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Thai Orchid Restaurant's menu.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at Thai Orchid Restaurant.
Thai Orchid Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations.
Thai Orchid Restaurant tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Cheap meals don't have to lack flavor as shown by the innovative dishes coming out of Thai Orchid Restaurant's kitchen.
Dine at California Canteen for a lovely French meal.
California Canteen is also a great pick for restricted eaters, with plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
California Canteen guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at California Canteen.
California Canteen is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on California Canteen's complimentary wifi.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back California Canteen is ultra casual.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
You can also grab your food to go.
Valet service is offered in the lot next door, where patrons can choose to park their own vehicles as well. When the lot gets busy, diners can turn to street parking.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on California Canteen's moderately priced fare.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
When you walk into Bacaro, you're literally surrounded by wine. Look up and you'll see countless bottles encased in a glass display in the ceiling; look ahead and you'll see dozens more standing in neat rows behind the bar. A list of international, small-production wines fills one wall, scrawled on a chalkboard like a PTA's happy-hour menu. Rounding out the constantly changing selection is house-made sangria and an equally impressive lineup of international craft beers.
Executive chef Lior Hillel, who honed his skills at New York's illustrious Jean-Georges, prepares a menu that vibes with the focus on wine. Italian-style cicchetti?small-plate servings similar to tapas?are served in hot and cold varieties, ranging from poached shrimp in a citrus-chili sauce to a lamb-stuffed eggplant topped with lemon-garlic emulsion. These inventive sauces are some of the best parts of each dish, as the restaurant bottles and sells them both onsite and at Whole Foods and other local retailers.